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oasis-butterfly-orchid-art-quilt OASIS 60 1/2 inches x 56 3/4 inches

A layered fabric collage.

I made many of the leaves and the large monarch butterfly for this quilt by layering silk, organza, netting, satin and tulle. Then I cut various flowers from an assortment of fabrics and created a collage with the leaves I made.

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Detail of the Monarch Butterfly
I started this quilt by creating layered fabric leaves and the monarch butterfly.
I also created layered leaves and butterflies on the background corduroy fabric.
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Detail of Gladiolus

I fussy-cut these gladiolus from a cotton print and appliqued them to the backing fabric.
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Detail of the Bottom Left Corner
I love to mix different types of fabric and textures to create a surface that is interesting to the touch and the eye!

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Detail of Orchids
I was planning to enter this quilt into the National Orchid Society's annual contest. But, I made a huge mess of the background of this quilt and had to start over!

I solved the problem by cutting the original orchid group out from the ruined background. Then I satin-stitched the edges of the entire cut-out group of flowers and stitched it to a new background!
This slowed down my progress and I missed the NOS contest deadline! But, I was happy to have worked through my problem and finish the quilt successfully!
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Detail of the Bottom Center Leaves
In this photo you can see the details that went into creating many of the leaves I created for this quilt.

I used decorative threads when I appliqued the cut-out floral grouping. Metallic threads, colored and different sized threads add lots of detail to the surface of the quilt.
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Detail of Free-style Quilting Stitches
Having the ability to draw does help me with the finishing quilting stitches!
I used a marking wheel filled with and iron-off chalk to draw the leaves and butterflies onto the background of the quilt.
I then stitched along the chalk lines to continue the floral collage. A warm iron erases the chalk after the stitching is done!


OASIS
60 1/2 inches x 56 3/4 inches

Selected into the World Quilt Contest-New England 2009!
Quilt size is 60 1/2 inches x 56 3/4 inches

$7,000

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Quilts created by Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf. Images owned by the artist used with permission only!

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